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Fireball Streaks Through New England Night Sky

Hundreds of people across New England reported seeing the flash, which was likely a fireball

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    Fireball Streaks Through New England Night Sky

    A huge flash lit up the sky across New England around 1 a.m. Tuesday (Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016)

    A huge flash lit up the sky across New England around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Hundreds of people across the region reported seeing the flash, which was likely a fireball - a bright meteor or object that enters Earth's atmosphere.

    The sight was captured on police dashcam video in Portland, Maine, and also spotted by necn viewers from Killington, Vermont, to Haverhill, Massachusetts. Surveillance video at Burlington International Airport also caught the amazing sight on camera.

    It illuminated the night sky for just a few seconds before fading away.

    "The meteor (or alien spaceship) was caught on camera at approximately 0050 hours," the Portland Police Department wrote on Facebook. "Let's hope the visitors are friendly. They could just be some of Stephen King's friends on there way to visit him. Whomever they are I'm sure we could win them over with a whoopie pie."

    Several other Maine police departments also posted about the fireball on their social media accounts. Necn viewers also commented about it on Facebook.

    "Around that time I was just getting home from work, and I heard a loud boom here in Livermore Falls (Maine)," said Brian Pelletier. "I just chalked it up to somebody starting up a motorcycle or something. But I bet it was from that."

    "It went right by my bedroom window and lit up the room - it was huge here in South Portland," said Fran Mayodones.

    "My husband saw it in Plymouth, Mass.," added Kathleen Mary Melker. "He said it was to the northeast over the ocean."

    Others said they spotted it in Burlington, Vermont, and Townsend, Massachusetts.

    Atop the Mount Washington Observatory, fog prevented observers from noticing much of anything.